Constantinople and Its Environs Volume 1

9780217826761: Constantinople and Its Environs Volume 1

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 Excerpt: ... LETTER XXI. Kadi Kieuy, June 1, 1832. My DEAR, After four days' delay, the officers of the port sent the minister his firman and Teskera, with an apology, stating that as the Sultan had intended to visit Broussa, they could not give him his passports until his wishes were consulted. This is all very well; but it was an apology, and that was enough. Our party consisted of the minister, Mr. Goodell, and myself, of course. Mustapha, his canoss, Stephano, my valet depied, and de chambre, for I have my servants to do double duty, and have therefore reduced the number one half. A serruge, or man to serve as guide, and to take care of the horses, which were six in number, including the one which carried our beds and baggage. Mustapha, in the plenitude of his pride, as the leader and protector of so respectable a cavalcade, had two days previously, caused his silver mounted pistols, ataghan, dagger and fire tongs, to be newly burnished, and placed in the highest slate of order, and also his baton of office, which is an ebony staff of three and a half feet in length, with a large brass knob, as big as the head of a good sized andiron, and a corresponding ferule of at least a foot long. By the bye, I must tell you what it takes to make a "canoss." First, a grave and respectable looking Turk, with a formidable pair of mustachios, but no beard; a fiery suit of red clothes, with open sleeves to the outside jacket, which, when hanging at the side, give him the appearance of a man with two pair of arms, or doubly armed, as he in fact is. A broad leathern belt, which passes three or four times round his body, and over this a rich woollen one, or sometimes a cashmire. In the leathern belt are inserted, first, the aforesaid " ataghan" and dagger; next a pair of heavy and lo...

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